At A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d'été en musique students, faculty and community collaborate in an environment committed to excellence in teaching and performance.
Welcome! The 2016 Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d'été en musique Music School and Festival was held from July 29 to August 7. It was our 11th season of making music in the Eastern Townships of rural Quebec.
In addition to the concerts, Festival participants took part in classes such as guitar ensemble, string ensemble, chorus and master classes with faculty and guest artists. Private instruction was offered in voice, all strings, classical guitar, electric guitar and piano. The Festival featured a series of Open Programs open to all ages and levels.
The festival took place at the junction of the Beauce and Eastern Townships region of Quebec which is approximately 1½ hour drive south from Quebec City, 1½ hour drive northeast from Sherbrook and a 1½ hour drive north from the Maine border crossing. Events were held in the villages of Courcelles, Lambton, Lac-Drolet, Lac-Mégantic, Marston, Stratford and Stornoway. (Map of the area.)
The highly successful Vocal and Instrumental Programs again brought together students from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants were featured in concerts of Baroque Music, Music of Shakespeare's Time, Opera Arias, Chamber Music and the Festival Chorus. The programs' daily schedules included lessons, coaching, master classes, repertoire classes and ensemble rehearsals.
In 2016 the Festival Chorus, conducted by LeAnn Overton performed Ravel's Trois Chansons, Durufle's Ubi caritas et amor, Faure's Pavane Op. 50 and Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11, Debussy's Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans, and selections from Donizetti and Bizet. In addition Festival Chorus participants from the community took part in a voice workshop designed especially for them.
Guest artists included world renowned pianist Jeffrey Marcus, acclaimed Chinese pipa virtuoso Liu Fang and Harp–Guitarist Claude LaFlamme. A hightlight of the festival was the world premiere of a new composition for Harp-Guitar and Guitar Quartet featuring the Artesian Guitar Quartet.
In 2017, the 12th Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival will take place from July 28 to August 6. Please join us.
Listen to a CBC report about the 2011 Festival.
Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival
Pauline Jobin, Administrative Director
Harris Becker, Artistic Director
Christina Montalto, Festival Coordinator
Board of Directors
Harris Becker, President
Christina Montalto, Vice President
Michel Laflamme, Vice President
Line Blais, Secretary
Celyne Bellegarde, Treasurer